Born and raised in Chicago, Jelani was a standout student-athlete at Brown University and UC Davis. Upon graduation, the Arthur Ashe National Sports Scholar played professional basketball in Germany and Luxembourg. Later, Jelani was a business manager for professional athletes while earning his law degree. Jelani R. Floyd is now a licensed Attorney and National Basketball Players Association Certified Player Agent.
Jelani is also a founding partner of sports agency firm, Beyond Athlete Management. Beyond Athlete Management is a full-service Sports and Entertainment Agency for the modern athlete, specializing in maximizing client earnings while empowering athletes to maintain ownership in their talent throughout their career and beyond. Jelani and his firm represent multiple NBA and NFL athletes. As an NBA agent and sports business attorney, Jelani has especially been instrumental in the growth and development of Glenn Robinson III of the Philadelphia 76ers. Jelani values guiding clients as to how they can use their platform to empower themselves, their family, friends and community.
In his free time, Jelani gives back to the Chicago community and beyond through his non-profit organization, the Atypical Sports & Learning Foundation, Inc. which aims to empower youth to use sports as a vehicle to further academic achievement. Jelani currently resides in Chicago and enjoys reading, and playing tennis and basketball in his free time.